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The Quest for Queen Mary - James Pope-Hennessy

Paperback Published: 25th September 2018
ISBN: 9781529330649
Number Of Pages: 336

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'A scary portrait of put-upon servants and potty aristos ... this is arguably the most riotously funny volume published this year'

Max Hastings, Sunday Times

'One of the funniest, most eccentric books of the year'

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

When James Pope-Hennessy began his work on Queen Mary's official biography, it opened the door to meetings with royalty, court members and retainers around Europe. The series of candid observations, secrets and indiscretions contained in his notes were to be kept private for 50 years. Now published in full for the first time and edited by the highly admired royal biographer Hugo Vickers, this is a riveting, often hilarious portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a bygone age.

Giving much greater insight into Queen Mary than the official version, and including sharply observed encounters with, among others, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Duke of Gloucester, and a young Queen Elizabeth, The Quest for Queen Mary is set to be a classic of royal publishing.

a very interesting read


An interesting read about Queen Mary from a writer who had the inside access to those who knew Queen Mary and the people surrounding her. More for the history buffs I think. The author himself also a very interesting character.

Gosford NSW


Absorbing and amusing read


Having read good reviews, my husband requested this for Christmas. He found it slightly difficult to start off with, but hasn't put it down since and says it's been well worth persevering. Laughs away to himself and reads me amusing paragraphs. It's not all about Queen Mary, there's plenty of amusing snippets about the eccentric British aristocracy. If that's your bag, you'll love it. Can't wait my turn to read it.



Well written & amusing.


An ideal Christmas gift.




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ISBN: 9781529330649
ISBN-10: 1529330645
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 25th September 2018
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1